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Miss Universe 2022's Top 16 and the Stories Behind Their Capes

Their flattering swimsuits may have caught your attention first, but there are more interesting stories behind the capes they were styled with

This year, a new and exciting twist to the swimsuit round of the Miss Universe 2022 competition was added. Unbeknownst to many, prior to the actual pageant in New Orleans, United States, the national candidates were given an identical cape that each of them should personalize. The LIVA Fluid Fashion carry any print, pattern, or art that represents a cause that the delegate is advocating for. 


Browse through the gallery below and learn more about each of the Top 16's capes:



The eco-friendly piece of fabric is made of natural fibers known as LIVA. Each LIVA served as a white canvas upon which the beauty contestants may show their creativity—be it of personal touch or of collaborative work with any local artist. Miss Universe 2022 titleholder, USA’s R’Bonney Gabriel, donned a cape that she designed by using plastic bottles and sustainable dyes. It bears the message, “If not now, then when?”


Lead photos courtesy of Benjamin Askinas via Miss Universe

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